Obama Deputies, Republicans Pressed Spain To Squash Bush Torture Investigation
The Obama Administration and Republican legislators worked together in 2009 to get Spanish officials to stop a probe into whether officials in former President George W. Bush's administration should be prosecuted for allowing suspected terrorists to be tortured.
The revelation comes from one of the 251,000 diplomatic cables leaked to WikiLeaks.
Back when it seemed that this case could become a major international issue, during an April 14, 2009, White House briefing, I asked press secretary Robert Gibbs if the Obama administration would cooperate with any request from the Spaniards for information and documents related to the Bush Six. He said, "I don't want to get involved in hypotheticals." What he didn't disclose was that the Obama administration, working with Republicans, was actively pressuring the Spaniards to drop the investigation. Those efforts apparently paid off, and, as this WikiLeaks-released cable shows, Gonzales, Haynes, Feith, Bybee, Addington, and Yoo owed Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank-you notes.